Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Bell UH-1H, N398M: Accident occurred June 15, 2021 in Townsend, Broadwater County, Montana

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

USDA Forest Service Federal Excess Personal Property Program 

Location: Townsend, MT
Accident Number: WPR21LA236
Date & Time: June 15, 2021, 17:00 Local
Registration: N398M
Aircraft: Bell UH-1H 
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Public aircraft

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell 
Registration: N398M
Model/Series: UH-1H 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHLN,3868 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 33 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: HELENA, MT

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 46.3245,-111.291

1 comment:

  1. This US Forest Service chopper is mostly used as a firefighting bird. It is going to be a bad fire season this summer in the drought stricken west and it's only getting off to a start with hundreds of large fires already in progress. Sadly that means there is greater risk of crashes and a loss of life of our heroic aerial firefighters. Prayers to them all.